According to reports, rural areas in Bihar are not part of the centralized grid system and have been deprived of electricity for decades. But the 112-page report, ‘Urja Kranti ki Jagmagati Tasveer’, shows the way forward on how people can get reliable energy that is quick and cost-effective and does not put additional pressure on our environment.
Releasing the report here on Tuesday, Ramapati Kumar, campaign manager, Greenpeace India, said, “All political parties, including the ruling party, had promised to work towards renewable energy to ensure energy access in their election manifestos”.
Renewable energy can ensure electricity in each household before the next election and, therefore, the onus is on the present government to expedite the process to fulfil the promises, he said.
Talking about the report, Arpana Udupa, energy campaigner of Greenpeace India, said, “This report is not a mere documentation, but strong evidence that renewable energy is now not just a happy story but has replaced mainstream traditional large-scale energy sources in many parts of the country.”
While Bihar government is considering renewable energy mix for the state, it needs to further strengthen and integrate renewable energy to ensure faster replication for energy sustainability and inclusive growth. It can use the examples given in this report to work along with communities and social entrepreneurs to remove the energy poverty in the state, she said.
“We have been using decentralized renewable energy applications for lighting and heating in almost 24 hostels and six major centres in 10 districts of Bihar, where our forum is involved in developmental activities related to health and education” Udupa said.
Tripolia Hospital in Patna, St. Joseph’s Hostel in Barh and St. Mary’s hostel in Biharsharif are using renewable energy wisely to cater to a range of energy needs, from steam for sterilization of equipments, hot water for residents, lighting of street lamps and electricity for their buildings. Such applications need to be given adequate policy and financial support to ensure their replication in rural and urban institutions in Bihar,” said Amal Raj, Director, Bihar Forum for Social Initiatives, Sewa Kendra, Patna.